That Long Weekend

Sigh. Sometimes it just seems worse than usual coming back to work after the weekend. Having a 4 day weekend definitely adds to that malaise. Luckily, it’s rainy today, so it’s not like staying home would have been any fun.
We left DC on Thursday evening, to the usual early holiday traffic, of course. We rolled into bed in Pittsburgh just after 11pm. We then arrived in Michigan the following day, and handed the kids off to the grandparents for the night as we went out to dinner and a hotel for our anniversary. We headed to the lovely and scenic Southfield Westin ($51 on Priceline for a $120+ room, gotta love it), checked in, then headed out to the Town Tavern in Royal Oak. I have to say, we were not disappointed. I had the buttermilk fried chicken with cole slaw and root beer baked beans. The chicken was nice and tender, not overly greasy, and the beans were so awesome. Lisa had the barbeque braised short ribs, which were also very good. Afterward, we found a little cupcake shop in Birmingham for dessert, which hit the spot. After a night with no whiny children sharing the bed with us and kicking us off, we had brunch at the Beverly Hills Grill. I had the lobster cobb omelette, and Lisa had the bananas foster french toast, both very good once again.
Our children and the grandparents somehow survived without us, and we went out to Ann Arbor for more cousin time. It was Sam’s birthday party on Sunday, and everyone had a fun time there. On Monday, we had perfect weather for the Dexter Memorial Day parade, and all the kids filled their bags with candy, as if we didn’t still have vats of it from Halloween and Easter!
The kids did fairly well on the long drive back home too. Thankfully, Target’s $99 dual screen DVD players performed better than the crappy ones we had before, so they were happy watching their movies as we managed to stop only briefly for meals and toilet breaks. Of course, they were sorely disappointed that it was dark when we got home and they couldn’t play outside or go to the pool. Alas, you can’t have everything, and so it’s back to work and school for us today.